Monarch butterflies are one of the most colorful and beautiful of the butterflies. Native to many countries around the world, they are considered the "king" of all butterflies because they are one of the largest. They were named in honor of King William III of England. During winter months Monarch butterflies migrate to a warmer location. These insects may migrate up to 2,500 miles. Butterflies go through four stages in their life cycle: the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. They can produce four generations in just one year. Milkweed is essential to Monarch butterflies. It is the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar. The Monarch butterfly population is in danger due to diminishing stands of milkweed. Milkweed is considered an undesirable weed to humans and as a result much of it has been cut down. To help Monarch populations, you can plant milkweed in your garden along side a beautiful butterfly bush which will attract Monarchs to your garden. You can also purchase eggs, larva, chrysalises or butterflies for release from us to help increase their wild populations.
Painted Lady Butterflies
The Painted Lady butterfly is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world. It is also called the thistle butterfly and the cosmopolitan. They live in areas with temperate and tropical weather. It was thought that Painted Ladies migrated north in the spring and died in the winter to be replaced by southern born Painted Lady butterflies the following spring. Scientist are now revisiting the question of what happens to Painted Lady butterflies in the fall and winter. They go through four stages in their life cycle: the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. Adult Painted Lady butterflies drink nectar from many types of plants including thistle and clover.